Dental Check-Up and Cleans

As dental health professionals, we provide comprehensive dental check-ups to identify any oral health concerns that need attention, including but not limited to, fillings, plaque removal, gum recession and decay.

If you are in North Brisbane and require a Chermside, North Lakes, Clayfield or Nundah Dentist, come to our centrally located dental clinic in Toombul, where we can assist with all your checkup and teeth cleaning services.

What to expect when you visit us for a dental check-up and clean

When you visit us for your dental Check-up and Clean, you can ensure that our Dentists will deliver a comprehensive and efficient professional service. During your appointment you will have the opportunity to discuss any problems identified or answer any questions you may have. 

Why regular check-up and cleans are important

It is always a good idea to visit a Dentist regularly for a check-up and clean every 6 to 12 months depending on your oral hygiene. Consitant visits to the dentist can greatly reduce the risks of untreated damage to your teeth and gums. We often see cases of patients who have put off seeing the dentist for many years and present with problems far larger than necessary.

We as a Dental practice pride ourselves on friendly service, modern technology and making the patient very comfortable during their time with us. Seeing the Dentist is far different to the experience people may have had 20years ago. We have the opportunity to give our patients minimal discomfort by offering numbing and pain relief for more extensive procedures. 

Preventative dental care tips

We have some helpful preventative dental care tips to share with you to keep your smile brighter for longer.

  • Replace your toothbrush regularly. Every three to four months is recommended.
  • When using your toothbrush, move the brush in small circles across the teeth. Hard brushing can be abrasive to the gums and lead to gum issues later on.
  • Use toothpaste that has fluoride. This helps maintain protection of the tooth enamel far greater than ones without it. This is particularly important if your main usage of water is boar water or rain water as this is not treated with Fluoride.
  • Floss every night.

Along with all of these preventative measures, it is also important to maintain a regular dental checkup with us at Toombul Smiles Family Dentistry.

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Fillings

Tooth Coloured Fillings:

Here at Toombul Smiles we use tooth-coloured (composite resin) fillings which offers better aesthetics, stronger seal and requires less tooth cutting. 

Extractions

Extractions:

In cases where the tooth is badly broken, un-restorable or infected, extractions can be the only option.

What to expect when receiving an extraction:

When you make an appointment for a tooth extraction, you can feel confident knowing our qualified and trusted Dentists will look after you. When you visit us for an extraction, our dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth is to be removed. This ensures you do not experience discomfort during the procedure. After the tooth is removed, a gauze pad will be applied to the area.

Self-dissolving stitches may also be applied if needed. Our dentists will advise you of the appropriate steps to take post extraction to ensure a speedy safe recovery, minimising your risks of infections or illness.

As a tooth extraction will leave a gap between your teeth, it is also recommended to proceed with a partial or full denture, bridge or implant, These options can all be discussed with you during your appointment.

Root Canal Treatment Brisbane Professionals

When your tooth becomes infected due to decay or trauma, a root canal treatment may help save the tooth. The procedure usually requires multiple visits. To complete the process a crown is recommended. 

Ensuring you get the best root canal treatment in Brisbane we offer our patients the opportunity to be treated by our Specialist Endodontist. Our Endodontist Kiran is well experienced with even the most difficult cases.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that has the purpose of saving your tooth. If you need a root canal your tooth may be badly decayed or infected.

Rather than removing the infected tooth altogether, there may be potential to save it with a root canal procedure. Because the original tooth is saved and remains in place for this procedure, the root canal option is stronger than any artificial replacement.

What does a Root Canal Procedure Involve?

During a root canal procedure, the infected nerve and pulp will be removed. Once the infected area is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. When you are preparing to undergo a root canal procedure, it is also important to know that multiple visits will be required to ensure all of the infection is treated.

For each visit, the infected pulp will be cleaned and removed. A temporary filling will also be placed to protect the tooth until you see us for the next appointment. After the damage from the tooth has been removed, it is recommended to undergo a permanent filling or an artificial crown procedure to reduce the risk of fracture. This will help to ensure the tooth will no longer be an issue for you.

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Crown and Bridge

When a tooth is damaged badly, a crown may be used to restore the entire tooth structure. This can be made of metal, porcelain or metal fused porcelain.

A dental bridge is a fixed alternative to replace a missing tooth. This is used to help fill any gaps between teeth or replace a missing tooth.

Dental Crown Procedure                                                                                                                              

Getting a crown fitted is a simple procedure that will make a huge difference to your oral health and restore your smile. We prepare a patients crown in two stage visits.

The first appointment will involve examining and preparing the tooth. The tooth would be numbed and it may be filed down to make room for the crown, or if some of the tooth is missing, filling material may be required to support the crown.

An impression of the area will then be made which will be used to manufacture an appropriate crown for your mouth. After the impression is complete, a temporary crown will be placed. The permanent crown will then be placed during the second visit and you will have a perfect smile once again.

Dental Bridge Procedure                                                                                                                          

Unlike a crown that is applied to one tooth, a dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns which is required to close a gap or replace missing teeth. Two visits are also involved for a bridge.

During this procedure the affected teeth are prepared in the first appointment which can involve removing some of the enamel to ensure the bridge can be placed over easily. An impression is also made and a temporary bridge is applied. Your bridge will then be designed in the lab and fitted during your next visit.

Fissure Seals

Food and bacteria can become stuck in the fissures of your teeth, particularly in the back molars. It is difficult to properly clean these fissures, and decay can set in leading to cavities. Fissure sealants are designed to fill in the pits and grooves in your teeth to help protect them from plaque and decay. For most predictable results, it is best if these sealants are done within 18 months of tooth eruption, before bacteria have a chance to set in and decay the new tooth.

Sealants are quick, painless, and easy to apply. They are made of a white or clear plastic material, which flows into the fissures and then is set using a special dental light.

Once they are set, they cannot be seen when you talk or smile. Sealants can last for several years before wearing out. Regular check-ups with your dentist will make sure your sealants are in good condition.

Sealants are ideal for children and teenagers, as fissure decay can begin as soon as the back teeth grow, however adults can benefit from protective sealants as well.

Oral Cancer Checks

Oral cancer checks are performed by a Toombul Smiles dentist at each examination. The aim of the check is to find any signs of cancer in your mouth early, so medical treatment can begin as soon as possible.

During each examination, Toombul Smiles dentists look for any signs of changes in your soft tissues such as tongue, floor of mouth, lips and cheeks. Some changes may put you at risk of cancerous developments in the future.

Check for changes

If you have any unusual lumps or lesions in your mouth that have been there for more than two weeks, or have had difficulty swallowing for this time, tell your dentist so that a more thorough examination can be done.

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards

Knocked out, loosened or damaged teeth are a regular occurrence in sport, needing long visits to the dentist and often a life time of treatment for the affected teeth. 

A well-fitted, customised mouthguard can protect your teeth and jaw by spreading the impact from contact, reducing the risk of damage to your teeth.

Why invest in a customised mouthguard?

Store bought mouth guards are rarely a perfect fit, can dislodge easily and may not offer best protection from severe impact on your teeth and jaws.

The cost of a mouthguard fitted by a dentist is a good insurance against the possible costs of reconstructive surgery or emergency dental work from a sports accident. Custom-fitted mouthguards can have up to two layers of vinyl material, fitting snugly around your teeth, no matter how crowded they are.

They ensure you can breathe well, absorb any shock of impact to your teeth and jaws and are retained well in your mouth. Custom-fitted mouthguards are more durable than over-the-counter ones, plus you can customise them even further with your team colours, name tags or pictures.

Avoid unnecessary expense by making an appointment with your Toombul Smiles Dentist to protect your teeth with a personalised mouthguard.

 

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the large molars that emerge at the very back of your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 24. Some people never develop their wisdom teeth, while others have up to four emerge (one in each corner of your mouth). A lot of the time wisdom teeth appear with little trouble, but if there is not enough space for the teeth to grow they can become wedged in or ‘impacted.’ 

Potential issues when wisdom teeth erupt

Problems usually start when wisdom teeth become impacted. Infection and inflammation can develop in and around the tissue covering the impacted tooth.

You may notice swollen red gums, pain, jaw stiffness, and a general feeling of being unwell. The teeth near the wisdom teeth can also be affected by the inflammation of the gums and surrounding bone, or even decay if food is trapped between the wisdom teeth and surrounding teeth.

In some cases a cyst (sac of fluid) can form around the impacted wisdom tooth, which can destroy surrounding bone, or damage the surrounding teeth and gums. Antibiotics can be prescribed to help with any infections, but in most cases removal of the impacted teeth is the only permanent solution.

General and Local Anaesthetic

Your dentist or oral surgeon will explain the process of wisdom teeth removal. It is important to tell your doctor your entire medical history, including medicines you are currently taking, any known surgery/anaesthesia related problems, or if you are prone to heavy bleeding. Your dentist may choose to take some X-ray images of your mouth prior to surgery.

Usually the operation is done under local anaesthetic, which completely blocks pain from your teeth and gums while you stay awake. If the teeth are difficult to remove or you feel anxious about the procedure, general anaesthetic may be your preferred option as you will be asleep. Opting for General Anaesthesia can be far more expensive and means you would need to be referred to hospital for this surgery.

Your surgeon will advise when to eat and drink before and after surgery. You are usually required to fast between six and 12 hours before your surgery, if done under general anaesthetic. You should have a light meal and some fluids an hour before your surgery if done under local anaesthetic.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

In some cases wisdom teeth extractions are no different to extractions of any other teeth. The dentist will widen the tooth socket by using a straight instrument and a pair of dental forceps, the tooth will be moved from side-to-side until loose enough to be removed completely.

In deeply impacted cases, the surgeon may make an incision in the gums or may remove some bone as well. The incision is closed with stitches, which may be dissolvable after ten days. The whole procedure can take between 30 and 60 minutes.

After-Care Post Surgery

After a wisdom tooth removal, you will need to rest for a while. Do not drive if you have had any sedation or general anaesthesia, and arrange for some help at home for the next day or so. Painkillers will be recommended for up to a week after surgery. Bleeding after surgery is common, but your dentist will inform you on how to best manage this. Swelling of the jaw is also common, and will subside after four to five days (ice can be applied immediately after surgery to manage this).

Your dentist will advise of any possible complications, risks or side effects associated with wisdom teeth removal.